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The premise of Desert Falcon
, loosely based off of Egyptian mythology, is quite simple. You, being the royal Desert Falcon
(ancient Egyptians believed their rulers took the form of Horus, the falcon god) are on a quest for precious gems and hieroglyphics hidden in the desert. In a nutshell, the game is a ancient Egyptian version of Zaxxon
with some interesting bells and whistles.
, Desert Falcon
is a diagonal-scrolling shoot’em up. Unlike Zaxxon
, however, there seems to be a lot more places to “crash” your bird. You must avoid pyramids and obelisks or risk losing a life. As well, you will pick up golden eggs, gems, and silver ingots for points, and hopping over any three hieroglyphics in the sand will give you special power ups, such as invincible, air bomb, warp to the Sphinx boss, and countless other goodies depending on the combination. Words of warning, however... some power-ups are actually power-downs (such as shackles so you cannot walk, and slow-down which slows down the speed of your bird). As well, a few of the combinations from one version of the game do not work on the other (ie- three bird hieroglyphics on the 2600 version is a free life, while three birds on the 7800 version only gives you quick shots).